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  • Debt, Default & Government Spending     Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    The CNBC news team with a look at today's rhetoric on the debt; what would happen if the government defaulted, and the staggering cost of Medicare and other federal programs.

  • Cramer: HealthSouth Is a Buy, Buy, Buy Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | 6:41 PM ET

    This stock has been knocked down for the wrong reason, Cramer said.

  • US Military Could Suffer If No Debt Deal: Bush Aide Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    There's be no money for U.S. defense as of Aug. 3 if there is no deal on the debt under a worst-case scenario, former Treasury Secretary Jay Powell told CNBC Monday.

  • Debt Ceiling: Will the US Follow Minnesota's Lead? Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 11:26 AM ET
    Uncle Sam taking money out of your wallet

    The markets seem to believe that the federal government will raise the debt ceiling before August 2. And the markets may be right.

  • AARP's Social Security Shocker     Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 7:55 PM ET

    Why Social Security is easier to fix than Medicare, with CNBC's John Harwood, and David Certner, AARP legislative policy director.

  • Cutting the Deficit, Adding Jobs Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 8:23 AM ET

    Consumer spending has weakened. Hiring has slowed. Stocks have slid. As tends to be the case in the long aftermath of a financial crisis, the economy once again needs help.  And the debt talks have become the best opportunity for Washington to provide that help, the New York Times reports.

  • Medicare Plan for Payments Irks Hospitals Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 11:05 AM ET

    For the first time in its history, Medicare will soon track spending on millions of individual beneficiaries, reward hospitals that hold down costs and penalize those whose patients prove most expensive. The New York Times reports.

  • Medicare Changes Investing Impact     Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 7:40 AM ET

    Paul Ryan's plan would double revenues for managed care companies, says Charles Boorady, Credit Suisse. "I would be very afraid if I were a senior and I heard that plan," he adds.

  • GOP Bid to Privatize Medicare Defeated in Senate Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 6:08 PM ET

    U.S. Senators cast enough votes to defeat a Republican proposal to privatize Medicare, a widely expected result but one that Democrats hoped would force GOP Senators to vote in favor of a plan that is increasingly unpopular with voters.

  • Cut The Military, Not Medicare: Rep. Barney Frank Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 5:16 PM ET

    If the U.S. Congress hadn't approved the military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan during the Bush presidency there wouldn't be the need to raise the debt ceiling now, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Rep. Barney Frank on Debt Ceiling     Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 4:30 PM ET

    Rep. Barney Frank, (D-Mass.) weighs in on the potential of a U.S. government default, raising the debt limit, the possibility of Medicare cuts and his ideas for where the country can trim budgetary fat.

  • Off The Chart Friday, 20 May 2011 | 3:00 PM ET

    Health care is an emotional subject for many Americans — and often one of extremes.  Yet, as we obssess about the system's structure and cost, we neglect our own health. Obesity and high blood pressure are more common, while exercise and diet are overlooked.  Our special report, "Healthy Business", explores these issues.

  • GOP Rethinking Bid to Overhaul Medicare Rules Friday, 6 May 2011 | 10:51 AM ET

    House Republicans signaled Thursday that they were backing away from the centerpiece of their budget plan — a proposal to overhaul Medicare — in a decision that underscored both the difficulties and political perils of addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal problems. The New York Times reports.

  • Long-Term Care Comes Of Age Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:30 AM ET

    After seeing old age or illness deplete their parents life savings, more baby boomer are signing up for long-term care coverage.

  • House GOP Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 12:28 PM ET
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    House Republicans appear to be on the defensive, facing worried questions from voters and a barrage of new attacks from Democrats and their allies, the New York Times reports.

  • Farrell: Are the Greek Gods Really That Crazy? Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 8:49 AM ET
    Vince Farrell

    I read in the paper Wednesday that Athens is going to hire a bunch of high level advisors to help it with its privatization program. The stuff done so far has been partial privatizations with minority stakes in state owned companies offered domestically and sold on the Athens stock exchange.

  • High Oil, Lower Wealth Will Slow Economy: Feldstein Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 11:44 AM ET
    Martin Feldstein

    Higher oil, lower household wealth and continued trouble in the housing market will keep first-quarter growth "south of 2%," economist Martin Feldstein said Friday.

  • Obama to Call for Broad Plan to Reduce Debt Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 1:20 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Obama will call this week for Republicans to join him in writing a broad plan to raise revenues and reduce the growth of popular entitlement programs, the New York Times reports.

  • Rattner Talks Debt Limit     Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 7:00 AM ET

    Steven Rattner, former Auto Task Force Chief, discusses long-term US headaches including the debt limit and Medicare. Medicare is going to have to be cut in one way or another, he tells CNBC's "Squawk Box."

  • Tax Fat to Fix Budget     Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 2:42 PM ET

    Discussing whether overweight residents should be taxed as a way to pay for skyrocketing health care costs, with Christine Ferguson, Stop Obesity Allance and Kail Padgitt, Tax Foundation.